Monday, April 6, 2015

Anime Review: "Sailor Moon Crystal" Episode 19

Not much good to say this week, sadly.

Chibiusa finally tells her story: 30th Century Crystal Tokyo was attacked and she traveled to the past to get help. She refuses to take everyone to the future, until halfway through the episode. But before that, we see Usagi get jealous AGAIN over a five year old girl. That stick is getting old really fast.

I will say, this shot looks creepy as hell. WTF.

The second half of the episode is about everyone traveling through time, meeting Sailor Pluto, and then having a short battle. Pluto's appearance adds some needed character development, but it feels like it's not explored enough. She's such a tragic character, yet she feels like something inserted, then left to the wayside. And let's not even mention poor Venus, who is all but invisible. Spreading this entire episode out through two would have been perfect, but nope, gotta rushrushrush, character development is non-existent here in "Crystal."

This could work, except the linework makes NO sense.... But Mamo has dat booty!

The animation is subpar, as usual. There are a lot of visible non-movement shortcuts (disappearing eyes and bodies in all black) and the bodies we see on-screen are very much off-model. This is another episode that should be completely re-done to even look halfway passable. The only good looking parts where the scenes of the Black Moon members, but mostly the Chiral and Achiral characters; that doesn't make any sense, for one time enemies to get better animation than the main cast. But I'm not surprised by anything here anymore.

But the biggest offense this episode are the random "funny face" inserts. I know I've harped from day one about how I'm upset that took out almost all the humor, but when you slap something like THIS:

in the middle of a scene, it's so horrible and jarring and UGH I don't have words. It looks cheap and awful and out of place. Trying to force it in now isn't going to work, especially not when it looks like this. I want to know who designed these shots so I can run their resume through a shredder.

Actually, that last sentence pretty much sums up my thoughts here.



You can watch all the episodes streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, NeonAlley, or NicoNico. Or if the original 90's is more your thing, you can watch it at Hulu (with two more episodes every Monday).

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